- He fought in the Athenian Phalanx in at least three actions Potidaea, Amphipolis and Delium. If you're up on your Thucydides, the first was an Athenian victory but the others were big defeats. He also apparently saved Alcibiades' life at Potidaea (OK maybe that's not a plus as an Athenian). My first ancients army was ancient Greeks and the idea of the citizen Hoplite was part of the appeal. And yes this is the one army where citizen soldiers actually meant people you study in history class!
- For being put on trial and executed for ...well basically for being a crotchety old fart who questioned Athenian politics and morality. But the official charges were impiety and corrupting the youth! According to his pupils Plato and Xenophon (yes the Anabasis guy), he did have the option to escape but refused and drank the hemlock instead.
Nice one Peter, thank you!
I can totally get behind the idea of anti-heroic, old crotchety guys (actually it's a role model I'm ardently working towards as I age).
It's a great figure. I particularly like the skin tone you chose for him as it possesses that chalky complexion that many men develop as they age. Also, I like to think that what he has in his chalice is the fated hemlock he has resigned himself to drink...
Thanks again Peter!